additional texmf tree for all users (was Re: [OS X TeX] Beginner help with TeXshop/MacTex needed)

William Adams will.adams at
Mon Aug 28 14:14:01 CEST 2006

On Aug 28, 2006, at 8:02 AM, Rowland McDonnell wrote:

> Thanks for your suggestion - but as I understand it, that would limit
> the additions to one user only.  Or have I missed something?

Well, I've just tested my idea and moving a personal texmf tree to / 
Users/Shared/texmf and then linking to it using the command

ln -s /Users/Shared/texmf/ ~/Library/texmf

works (making an alias however doesn't --- when I tried this with an  
alias it couldn't find varwidth.sty which is only in my personal  
texmf tree).

Aside from Victor's concern about lots of people having write access,  
I don't think there'd be any drawbacks of note, modulo removing the  
option for customization for an individual user --- I'd welcome  
correction on this.

As Gerben noted, one distinct drawback would be a decrease in  
performance as opposed to having this in a tree which is pre-hashed.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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